July 2008 - Wisconsin's Governor Jim Doyle announced that the state has completed a renewable energy purchase of 92.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh). The state has also implemented energy efficiency measures for its buildings and reduced energy consumption by 8% since 2005.
Wisconsin's renewable energy purchase helps achieve compliance with the state's Energy Efficiency and Renewables Act, signed into law in 2006 (2005 Wis Act 141), which requires key state agencies to purchase 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2011. The renewable energy will be procured from Madison Gas and Electric, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Power Inc. The majority of the power will come from wind, solar, hydro and landfill gas sources located in Wisconsin.
The purchase represents 10% of the energy consumed by the Department of Health and Family Services, Department of Corrections, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Administration, Department of Public Instruction, the University of Wisconsin System and various other state agencies.
News Release - Governor Doyle Announces Record State Clean Energy Purchase
Contact - Brian Driscoll, 608-261-8146
March 2006 - On March 17, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed into law Senate Bill 459, the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Act, which requires the state to leverage its buying power to purchase 20% of the energy for the six largest state agencies from renewable sources by 2011. The new law also significantly expands the state's renewable portfolio standard, requiring that 10% of the state's electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2015, compared to 2.2% by 2011 under an earlier law.
The legislation is the result of recommendations made by Governor Doyle's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables, which was formed in 2003 to find commonsense, creative solutions to increase the state's use of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
News Release - Governor Doyle Signs Senate Bill 459, Bipartisan Energy Efficiency and Renewables Legislation
Governor's Office Contact: Anne Lupardus 608-261-2162
August 2005 - Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle unveiled a broad package of legislation and executive orders to support conservation and sustainable use of the state's natural resources, including a call for state agencies to purchase 10% of their power needs from renewable energy sources by 2006, increasing to 20% by 2010. The governor also proposes an increase in the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from the existing target level of 2.2% by 2011 to one of 10% in 2015. Both renewable energy-related actions were recommended by the Governor's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables in July 2004.
News Article - Doyle touts energy, environmental plan
News Release - Governor Doyle Announces Statewide Conservation Agenda, Conserve Wisconsin
Additional Information - Recommendations of Governor Doyle's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables